7th November 2014
Surprise – surprise. The launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect scheme, which had been in the works for months, has recently been delayed. The Through Train has been derailed.
8th October 2014
2014 so far as been a bit of a bumper year for IPOs in Hong Kong, despite the well-publicized loss of Alibaba’s landmark listing to the New York Stock Exchange. According to Dealogic, no fewer than 78 of these have taken place on HKEx year-to-date, for a combined amount of US$17.1 billion equivalent. That’s more than twice the volume of IPOs achieved in the first nine months of 2013, when 43 deals had successfully made it to closing.
30th September 2014
In Asia, cornerstone investors are regarded as a vital ingredient for successful major listings. And Hong Kong – where such investors are subject to lock-up restrictions – has also increasingly seen the advent of anchor investors.
7th August 2014
As Hong Kong’s financial marketplace becomes increasingly reliant on the Chinese mainland for its IPOs, Singapore’s big opportunity perhaps lies with international issuers – and those from Southeast Asia in particular.
5th August 2014
I was on BBC Television’s Asia Business Report again this morning, interviewed by Hong Kong correspondent Juliana Liu.
16th July 2014
Amid renewed IPO activity in Hong Kong, carrier Hong Kong Airlines is believed to be working on a yuan-denominated new listing of up to US$500 million equivalent. If confirmed, this would make it only the third issuer there to list shares in Chinese currency.
9th July 2014
Amid more deals coming to market in recent weeks, there has been much talk about a potential re-launch in Hong Kong of WH Group’s IPO, a deal that was famously pulled last April after a mammoth syndicate of 29 bookrunners failed to secure interest from investors.
17th June 2014
I gave a video interview to Asia banking reporter Enda Curran from the Wall Street Journal.